There I was, a young twenty-something, faced with a decision. Do I follow God and His plan for my life, even when it seems a bit silly and really foolish?
Part of me is still embarrassed about this particular decision of obedience. To the rest of the world, I was moving across the country for a boy. To me, it was out of obedience to God. It was such a huge risk. I didn’t have a job, having already moved across the country to start fresh in a new place. What if the relationship didn’t work out? I had very limited finances and here I was being asked to move back to where I came from. I could hear my dad’s words from long ago, “You can't go backwards in life.” He had been referring to returning to old jobs, the reason? It never looks the same when you go back to it. Maybe you don’t get to keep the same position. Maybe you find that you’re unhappier after reality sets in. Regardless, his words echoed in my mind as I made the decision to fight sound advice to step into something a little silly. A little crazy, even!
I moved back to where I came from in the Pacific Northwest. I was in a relationship with a boy that I knew God was bringing us together for the purpose of marriage. We were very serious in our very short budding relationship. I was following God and it looked like the most foolish decision I could ever make.
In less than a month we would be engaged. Seven months after I moved back, we’d be married. Over six years later, I’d say this was the best risk I have ever taken. We’ve been inseparable ever since!
Has God ever asked you to go someplace without any guarantee that His plan will work out? It’s a scary place to be in! Guess what?! We aren’t the only ones!
(Read Genesis 12:1-9)
I love how Abraham's faith moved his feet. God calls him to just follow Him and Abraham obeys even though the end destination is unclear. He's just told that he's to follow God to a place where God would later show him. Later in this same passage, he's told, "To your offspring I will give this land." Yet, despite having no offspring to speak of, Abraham willingly obeys God and continues to walk in His footsteps.
Related Read: My Prayer for the New Year: Faithfulness
I've often wondered why Abraham didn't question God when he said, "To your offspring." At this point, Abraham wasn't really all that young, yet he doesn't question God at this point. He faithfully and willingly trusts God. The takeaway here is that God is trustworthy. God is faithful to keep His promises. Abraham knew it, do you?
Has faith ever moved your feet? Have you ever taken the risk to follow God's leading even when you've got no tangible guarantee of His plan working out? It takes complete trust to move our feet when the picture of God's plan isn't crystal clear. It's that same faith that earned Abraham a place in the faith chapter (Hebrews 11). Abraham trusted in God's character, not his circumstances. He trusted in God's faithfulness, not the risk in stepping out and stepping into what God was calling Him to. When things look a bit uncertain, trust His character!